Physical Education | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School

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Physical Education

The Physical Education Department equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become physically active and health-conscious for a lifetime. Instruction in all physical education courses recognizes students’ individual development and movement abilities.

The curriculum focuses on your physical development and health-awareness, and integrates emotional, social, and intellectual components for your well-rounded development. Through individual and group physical fitness activities, as well as class projects and presentations, you learn about cardiovascular fitness, nutrition, drug and alcohol awareness, stress management, and various ways to live an active lifestyle. Teachers ensure that you will explore appropriate practices of competition and cooperation and have opportunities to build self-esteem, discipline, confidence, and respect.

Available Courses in 2018-19

Introduction to Physical Education
Semester Course; 5 Units

This course includes individualized activities based on physical fitness. The course will serve as a basic introduction to physical education. The following sports, game activities and fitness workouts may be presented: stretching and flexibility exercises, cardiovascular improvement drills, yoga, Zumba and Pilates training, jogging, softball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, and basketball.  Students will develop body awareness, leading them to a lifetime of physical fitness and activity.

This course is required for freshman students. 

Health Education
Semester Course; 5 Units

The course focuses classroom instruction on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The semester will be divided into three units of instruction. Unit one will focus on Health and Wellness and will teach students how to lead a healthy life, skills for a healthy life, self-esteem and mental health, managing stress, and preventing violence and abuse. Unit two will focus on Health and the Body, teaching physical fitness for life, nutrition, and weight management and eating behaviors. Unit three will focus on drug education, teaching an understanding of drugs and medicines, alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.

This course is required for freshman students.  (Note: students enrolled in Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences course are exempt from this course.)

Introduction to Weight Training
Semester Course; 5 Units

Introduction to Weight Training is designed for students new to weight lifting. Emphasis is placed on proper lifting techniques, learning and understanding weight room safety, learning and understanding various strength training exercises, matching and identifying muscle groups with corresponding exercises, and becoming familiar with different pieces of weight room equipment.

This course is available to qualified students.  In order to take this course, students must have passed Introduction to Physical Education. 

This class will focus on flexibility, core strength, cardio-respiratory training, pliometrics, and an introduction to Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. The structure of the class will allow for each student to design a specific training program under the guidance of the instructor. This class is designed for enthusiastic students eager to improve their general physical condition.

This course is available to qualified students. In order to take this course, students must have passed Introduction to Physical Education. 

This course will provide an introduction to sports that can be participated in throughout one’s life. This course is divided into five teaching units: bowling, softball, lacrosse, racquet sports, and an introduction to resistance/cardiovascular training. Students will develop a basis of understanding of lifetime sports and will be expected to improve competency in each. Students will be able to understand the terms, concepts, and rules of each sport.

This course is available to qualified students.  In order to take this course, students must have passed Introduction to Physical Education. 

This course is designed to emphasize development of muscular strength and endurance with additional attention towards cardiovascular fitness. Each student will have the opportunity to set goals based on their own interests and desires for the class. Students will develop their own workout routine with their specific goals in mind. The instructor will facilitate the development of that routine and will help students chart their progress.

This course is available to qualified students. In order to take this course, students must have earned a C- or higher in Introduction to Weight Training. 

Faculty and Staff

MarkCastillo
Teaches: Introduction to P.E., Intro to Weight Training, Advanced P.E.: Weight Training, Advanced P.E.: Lifetime Sports
Teaches: P.E./Health